Human Resources

Town of Ithaca Job Posting:

Water and Sewer Maintenance Supervisor

    The Town is recruiting for this important supervisory and technical position involving responsibility for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the Town of Ithaca’s Water and Sewer systems.  The work involves planning and maintaining current and future water and sewer infrastructure system.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Public Works, with leeway allowed for the exercise independent judgment in carrying out work activities.  Public Works Department activities are a coordinated effort between the management team of the Deputy Town Highway Superintendent, Water/Sewer Maintenance Supervisor, and Parks Maintenance Manager.   Considerable coordination with the Town’s Engineering Department and inter-municipal infrastructure agencies is also required.  The employee will supervise the work of subordinate staff and work crews.  Responsiveness to Town constituents during emergencies and is available being “on call” status 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The Town of Ithaca is a mosaic of rural, suburban, and urban landscapes that surround the City of Ithaca. It is a college town, a farm town, a Finger Lakes community, and a tourist destination renowned for its scenic vistas, forested hillsides, gorges, waterfalls and Cayuga Lake. Town Hall is located within the City of Ithaca at 215 N. Tioga Street. Town Hall includes several administrative offices and the Planning and Code Enforcement Departments.  Public Works and Engineering Departments are located at 114 Seven Mile Drive.

Town of Ithaca strongly values a diverse and inclusive workforce.  Town Board, Management and staff are committed to equity and inclusion and encourage those with similar values to apply.

  • Assists Director of Public Works in the planning and coordination of operations of Public Works Department;
  • Oversees the construction and maintenance of the water and sewer maintenance program including oversight of a direct crew, schedules, implementation measures and cost estimates;
  • Coordinates with Deputy Town Highway Superintendent and Parks Maintenance Manager on daily staff assignments and overall work load of Public Works Department;
  • Coordinates with Engineering Department regarding town water and sewer infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements making recommendations on improvements and changes to infrastructure and facilities;
  • Coordinates with the Engineering Department for services by technician staff including overseeing the Town’s infrastructure as related to Dig Safely NY – Code Rule 753 and the protection of underground facilities,                  A.K.A.-performing utility mark outs;
  • Coordinates budgeting and maintenance scheduled with the associated staff at Bolton Point Water System;
  • Coordinates with surrounding municipalities to coordinate operations and maintenance according to the associated contracts;
  • Works in conjunction with the Town of Ithaca Engineering, Bolton Point and private contractors to coordinate utility system improvements, tie ins and terminations;
  • Performs development reviews of projects proposed in the town and makes recommendations regarding water and sewer infrastructure, in conjunction with Engineering;
  • Supervises the work of subordinate personnel, planning, assigning and reviewing work, makes staffing recommendations and assisting with performance review program;
  • Aides in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures;
  • Monitors construction and maintains budget to track expenditures;
  • Prepares reports, keeps daily logs of projects, and tracks program costs for Director of Public Works;
  • Prepares Federal and State documentation relative to operation, maintenance and failures of the sewer collection and water distribution system and other related records and reports as required;
  • Available for 24 hour / 365 emergency response and coordination of emergency response situations.



(a)       Graduation from a four-year regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in engineering or closely related field AND two years of full-time paid construction or utility                                maintenance experience, AND one year of supervisory experience; OR

 (b)      Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology, Civil Technology or related field AND five years of full-time paid construction or                      utility maintenance experience, AND two years of supervisory experience; OR

 (c)      High School Diploma AND ten years construction or utility maintenance experience, AND two years of supervisory experience; OR

 (d)      Any combination of training and experience equal to or greater than that described in (a),  (b) and (c) above


 Must become a resident of Tompkins County or contiguous county and must be able to respond to emergencies within 30 minutes of a call-in.  Must possess and maintain a valid New York State driver’s license and clear driving record for the duration of employment. 


 To Apply submit county application at:

 Scroll down the list to the Town of Ithaca listings.   Please attach a cover letter and resume when filing. 

Questions regarding the online application program contact Tompkins Co. Civil Service 607-274-5526


Filing deadline: Monday, December 21, 2020 by 4:00 pm  or open until filled

Questions directed to: Judy Drake, Human Resources Manager  (607) 273-1721 or via email:    


Civil Service Exam:              Provisional appointment pending future exam

Hiring Rate:               $36.82 per hour hiring rate based on 40 hour per week schedule- 2021 rate


Office Location:        Public Works Facility, 114 Seven Mile Dr., Ithaca


Work Hours:             Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 3:00 pm 

Available for 24 hour / 365 emergency response and coordination of emergency response situations.

Benefits:  Use of Town vehicle for commuting and emergency response, paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick and Personal time, Health and Life Insurance, Dental and AFLAC insurance optional, NYS Retirement